If you’re thinking of selling your house this year, you obviously want to get the best price for it and quickly, so you don’t have the continual stress of dealing with inspections, real estate agents and all the “what if” questions. A good way to help your property be sale-ready is to give it a freshen-up and makeover. This is often required if you’ve been living in the house for a long time and haven’t done much work to it over the years.
Restyling doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. Even if you have a fairly tight budget, you can still do a variety of things to get your home looking its best for potential buyers. Read on for tips you can follow over the coming weeks and months for doing up your for-sale house right.
One of the most important steps to take is to declutter your home. If buyers come to inspect the property and have trouble walking around rooms or getting into storage spaces because of all the possessions, this is going to put them off. Lots of clutter makes rooms looks a whole lot smaller.
Another reason to streamline possessions is that by getting down to the basics, you’ll be more likely to notice any issues that need to be addressed in the house, such as holes in walls or scuffs and scrapes in paintwork, leaking pipes, mold, pest issues and more. Also, once you’ve decluttered and left a lot more space in each room, you’ll find it easier to restyle and make everything flow well from room to room.
Understand What Buyers Are Looking For
Do some research to learn about the types of interior design styles buyers in your area look for. Get clear on who is likely to buy your home (such as professional singles, young couples, families, retirees etc.), as this will make it easier to know the decorating style that will most appeal. Attend open houses and auctions in your area to get an idea of buyer types and the ways in which homes selling at top dollar are styled. You can also speak to local real estate agents for tips.
Find Affordable Design Ideas Online
When it comes to giving your home a fresh look, don’t think you have to spend thousands of dollars hiring a stylist, either. We’re lucky in that we all have easy, affordable access to a variety of interior design tips and tricks via the internet. Go online to look at top interior design websites and blogs for ideas of ways to style rooms on a budget or to do simple DIY renovation tasks. There are also many great magazines and books to check out for inspiration.
Use the Right Furniture
The furniture in your home will have a big impact on how your property comes across to potential buyers. If you have a lot of furniture in your home already, try to look at it with a fresh eye to see how other people might see things. Don’t have too many pieces in each room as this will make rooms look smaller. Leave plenty of space between furniture for people to walk around.
You might decide to rent some furniture specifically for sale time, so you know the home is “dressed” appropriately but don’t have to outlay lots of money on new pieces. This is particularly warranted if you have already moved out of the home as an empty property is harder to sell.
If you’re looking to buy new furniture for your next home anyway, now might be the perfect time to invest in quality pieces that will make both your current property and your next one look good. Save money by buying items online or on sale in local stores. If pieces need to be assembled but you don’t have the skills, time or patience for this, don’t stress, either. There are plenty of services around which will do this job for you at an affordable price. For example, check out these Washington furniture assembly companies.
Use Affordable Art to Dress up Rooms
Add more pizazz to rooms through the addition of art. You don’t need to fill up every wall or nook and cranny with pictures and sculptures, but a few strategically placed pieces can lift the look of your home. Again, don’t feel the need to splurge on expensive art. Find interesting and affordable pieces online, through sites like Etsy or online stores, or check out local markets and art galleries. Alternatively, you could also create your own artwork.